Religion Book Reviews (page 176)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 16, 1996

"Separating wheat from chaff can be tiresome, but buried here are interesting nuggets of history and glimpses into the childhoods of Tibetan luminaries. (photos, not seen)"
A broad sampling of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom, as filtered through the ages. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 1996

"He is certainly too far removed from the workings of NOI to give a full picture of a divisive and difficult figure."
Magida was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reporting on the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, but this biography adds little to our knowledge or understanding of this fiery, notorious man. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"This is a book to be read under a shady tree when one has time to reflect and to enjoy the beauty of nature. (3 illustrations, not seen)"
A graceful and illuminating spiritual conversation between a well-known theologian and a cutting-edge scientist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Should interest anyone who wants to know more about race relations, post-apartheid South Africa, or traditional healing; it is also a strong and unusually concrete spiritual memoir, despite some triteness and a distressing humorlessness."
Arden, a white South African who left her homeland in 1966 for the US, returns and trains to become a sangoma, a traditional healer; her first book is a mostly absorbing description of this spiritual and political journey. Read full book review >
PAUL by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Acts, though historically imprecise, makes for a much better story."
A dry historical tome that would be more aptly titled ``Paul: A Cultural History.'' The difficulties of doing ancient biography are compounded when one of the two major sources available is believed to be historically unreliable and corrupt. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"At the end of the Cold War and on the eve of the millennium, this docu-thriller about Aum's preparations for the end of the world makes for a fascinating, grim, near-unbelievable read."
In this stranger-than-fiction page-turner, investigative reporter Kaplan (Fires of the Dragon, 1992) and Andrews, Asia correspondent for British Esquire, pursue the apocalyptic Aum cult from its bizarre genesis and gestation to its notorious 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, which killed 11 and wounded 5,500. Read full book review >
ON DIALOGUE by Robert Grudin
NON-FICTION
Released: June 26, 1996

"Nostradamus in a tweed jack and a Volvo."
A professor's casual, more or less philosophical ruminations on the liberating function of dialogue. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 1996

"But the subject of the Bnai Noah awaits a more balanced and thoughtful presentation."
An intriguing, if highly flawed, combination of memoir and polemic on why a ``Bible-thumping Baptist'' minister renounces his Christian faith and helps create the new quasi=Jewish group, Bnai Noah Raised in the heart of the Bible belt, in rural Georgia, Davis traces his growing doubts about what he sees as the ahistoricism and irrationality of Christian doctrine, including Jesus' virgin birth and divinity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 1996

"Things must be in a pretty bad way if science and reason cannot save us, and we must cast ourselves instead on Thompson's haphazard ruminations. (18 b&w illustrations)"
Meandering millennial meditations by a self-described cultural historian, WissenskÅnstler, Marshall McLuhanite, and yogic proselytizer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 1996

"Some unusual insights are mixed in here with utter daftness."
New Age hokum meets true perception in this work of horticultural confession and counsel. ``Inner gardening is about thinking for yourself, being yourself, and then watching the results flower around you.'' Handelsman, onetime gardening columnist for New Age Journal and Vogue, finds in plant life a dependable source of human spiritual renewal. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 1996

"A good choice for fathers of even one child, with lessons in the yin of pride and the yang of humility—often arising at the same time, as any experienced father will attest."
An ode to the contradictions of fatherhood, "the perfect oxymoron," in the form of a collection of sometimes rueful, always loving essays and commentaries. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 1996

"Pretentious, aimless, worthless. (Author tour)"
Smarmy advice on how to conduct your life from Bode (First You Have to Row a Little Boat, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >